Beautiful Fall Color In The Smokies!
By Rachelle Siegrist
Brilliant reds, bright oranges and illuminating yellows have finally descended upon the Smokies, splashing our world with color! While admiringly gazing upon the vivid fall palette, I thought of a quote by Faith Baldwin . . . “Autumn burned brightly, a running flame through the mountains, a torch flung to the trees.” Yes, that sums it up wonderfully, as that’s exactly what it looks like! Wes and I decided to take advantage of a beautiful day this past week to enjoy seeing the color from our kayaks. As soon as my paddle dipped into the glassy surfaced water, I was instantly mesmerized, leaving cares far behind! It was one of those amazing picture perfect days, with clear brilliant azure skies dotted with fluffy white clouds slowly passing above, pairing beautifully with the warm colors dressing the foliage below. It was magical and I was once again in heaven whilst basking in it!
We’ve been able to enjoy several meals out on our back porch this past week, even though we have to add a couple layers of clothing to do so. Halloween evening, our resident Tufted Titmice were especially hungry, so after dinner I sat in my rattan swing while holding a bowl of peanuts. I tossed out a few to a couple of squirrels and Titmice, and suddenly they began flying over and landing right beside me. Then one flew over, landed on my leg and walked to the bowl, where he inspected the offerings and chose just the right one. This happened over and over again for the next hour, and I was delighted beyond words! I decided that was the cutest trick or treaters I had ever seen, dressed in the most realistic bird costumes ever!
We enjoyed a short hike with friends Mike and Kit this past week to take in more of the fall color. The weather was perfect for it, with gentle breezes blowing through the warm colored canopy above, as we relaxingly walked along, crunching fallen leaves underfoot.
Even though there was still quite a bit of green left, there were stunning sections of reds, oranges and yellows!
I found this Sweetgum leaf in the crystal clear icy-water and thought it quite lovely!
Gorgeous fall foliage was not the only visual feast of the day, but so were clumps of amazing fungi collections scattered along the trail! It was a wonderful afternoon indeed!
Wes and I are in the process of updating Exquisite Miniatures. Several of the paintings currently in the exhibition at The Stamford Museum & Nature Center in Stamford, CT through January 1st, are being replaced with newer ones. We also had new panels printed that will be displayed along with the sixty miniature paintings, so we’ll be driving the revamped exhibition over to the The Hickory Museum of Art in Hickory, NC, where we will attend the opening for our exhibition in January. Exquisite Miniatures will be on display there, January 20th through March 17th of next year.
~ Currently on the Easels ~
It’s been a very busy week once again here in the Siegrist studio! Wes has been working on his SAA stuff and framing our paintings in preparation for the upcoming 2018 Waterfowl Festival in Easton, MD. I’m currently painting on a precious Red Fox that we enjoyed watching while in Homosassa Springs last month, and it will debut at the Waterfowl Festival.
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Until next time . . .